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The work of installing solar panels for all buildings of Nashik Municipal Corporation under the Smart City Scheme will begin in few days. Tender for solar panels have been approved. The letter of award has been issued to the contractor. In a few days, the work order will be issued. The rooftop solar equipment will be installed in 16 NMC buildings on a pilot basis by a private agency.
According to civic officials, it should generate 10 per cent energy. They said that it would be done on a private-public partnership mode so NMC does not incur a huge expense on the project.
“With installation of solar panels, NMC will be able to save Rs1 crore per year on power supply bills. This is a significant amount. We have approved the tender of a contractor and have also given them the letter of award. We are waiting for their reply. Once they reply, we will issue the work order,” an official said.
Meanwhile, tenders for area-based development (ABD) have been floated. The project will be giving a facelift to gaothan areas (old city) by constructing major-minor roads, addressing sewage, water supply, electricity supply and drainage issues for around Rs 334 crore. This is the second time that tender has been floated. It was also floated before the model code of conduct came into force, but failed to get a response then.
“Major and minor roads in gaothan areas will be developed and for this, basic infrastructure like drainage network, sewage lines, electric supply and water supply etc will be provided before constructing the roads so that roads will not have to be dug up again and again. It is not easy to construct minor roads in gaothan area as these form a big network in these areas,” said an official.
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